…a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
(Proverbs 19:13 ESV)
Are you a shrew? Or are you in any danger of becoming a shrew? Do you have any shrew-like habits? What’s a shrew? A shrew is a small mole-like mammal with beady little eyes and a poisonous bite. A shrew is also a bad-tempered woman who uses venomous words to irritate or pain her husband.
“Shrew” is one of those old, sharp Shakespeareanish words that is probably best used in diagnosing yourself — if the shrew fits (ha) — but not used for throwing at others. And note that a shrew is not a woman who in strength and dignity clearly expresses her hopes, desires, and needs to her husband and does him good, not harm, all the days of her life. (See Proverbs 31.)
(If you like this, also check out Put Off Nagging, Put on Love by Gloria Furman.)